Rise And Fall Of An Empire

Joe Sarahan

1986, 10:30 minutes, colour, English


Rise And Fall Of An Empire deals with youth and beauty. It explores the tribal decoration and the exterior facade of a youth culture. It shows us the make-up, the hairdos and the fashion adopted in an attempt to assert their individuality and anger at a society they cannot accept passively. Through the arresting use of imagery and music we feel the desperation, angst, and decadence that is inherent in all reactionary youth cultures.
The work centers upon the rise and the demise of the Punk/New Wave scene, exploring the way it has been incorporated into contemporary commercial applications.

Ce vidéo examine certains aspects de la culture des jeunes, en relation avec les media de masse et leur façon de s'approprier les événements.
Rise and Fall of an Empire se penche sur l'essor et le déclin de la mode"punk-new wave," et la manière dont elle a été récupérée commercialement. Les vêtements et les maquillages des jeunes expriment à la fois leur rejet de la société et le changement qu'ils nous proposent. Regard désespéré sur la jeunesse, sur la beauté...

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